Whether you work in military and law enforcement or you simply enjoy spending ample time in the great outdoors “tempting fate for fun or profit”, having the right time piece is critically important. What you need is something as rugged and reliable as you are, maybe even a bit prettier than you are too. The Luminox Evo Navy Seal men’s watch is all that and for an exceptional price. Sure the name is a little on the corny side, but it certainly gets the job done: coming fitted with all the standard features that a professional would look for.
By appearance this series of watch is certainly on the “tacticool” side of things, which is fitting considering both its namesake and intended functionality. That being said, it’s not exactly a “flashy” watch, being uniformly black in coloration, and so it’s unlikely to garner unwanted attention. Essentially, what you can expect is a sleek well designed time piece that you will find attractive to have on your wrist. As a side note to the appearance as it relates to presentation, this watch comes in stylish and reusable packing (ideal for storing an old pair of sunglasses for example) that makes the overall unboxing experience quite enjoyable.
Now, diving deeper than just the skin, let’s move onto its features and functionality. First, it’s important to note that there are two main varieties: the 3051 and 7050 series. The basic difference is size with the former being the standard size, suitable for most men, and the latter being the smaller size variant. The hour and minute hands on these watches are fitted with luminescent tritium inserts, as well as the numeric dials and timer dial, and can last for upwards of 20 year according to Luminox. They aren’t super bright, but they are perfectly readable for the user, which is what counts. Unfortunately, we’ve noticed that if you continually use the watch in rough environments bits of the illumination tend to fall off, but if you use it moderately you should be fine for a long time. While it doesn’t come with too many other bells and whistles, there are exterior minute markers to assist in accurately tracking the time, a nifty bezel that moves in only direction (thus less likely to break), and a date marker at the 3 o’clock dial. The Evo Blackout is purportedly water resistant down to 200m, but most users suggest not to push it that far. That being said, it’s not going to fall apart in the rain or even in a river
This watch is top notch, for standard usage in tough environments, as far as its material components are concerned. The frame is of a carbon reinforced black dyed polyester material which is nicely overlaid with a highly scratch resistant mineral crystal: it can take quite a bit of punishment before it even begins to show the slightest sign of wear and tear. The wrist bands are made of a very comfortable and, in our experience, durable matte black rubber. There are some slight silvery highlights for the clasp fittings along one band, but they don’t draw to much attention. Similarly the buckle itself is of a muted hue stainless steel make.
In a nutshell, the Luminox Evo Navy Seal Blackout is a stock stolid watch for similarly disposed men. It’s quite suitable for professionals in the fields of military, law enforcement, construction, and engineering as well as for outdoor enthusiasts. It does have some weak points that will break if pushed too far, but it handles very well overall in most environments on typical days. Retailing at just over $200 (from the manufacturer and on amazon – link below), this watch makes for an amazing package.